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Clinton arrives in Myanmar for first official visit amid reforms

11-30-2011 19:04 BJT

NAY PYI TAW, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday afternoon for her first official visit to Myanmar in an attempt to look into Myanmar 's political and economic reforms.

She was dispatched by U.S. President Barack Obama for a three- day significant visit until Friday, aiming to enhance cooperation in Myanmar's positive developments and to open a new chapter of mutual relations.

Coming over from Busan, South Korea, Clinton's Myanmar visit represents the first ever one to the country by a secretary of state of the U.S. in more than 50 years after John Foster Dulles in February 1955.

During the visit, Clinton is expected to meet President U Thein Sein, Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin and parliament speakers U Khin Aung Myint and U Shwe Mann in Nay Pyi Taw as well as leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon.

Clinton will register support for Myanmar's reforms that have been witnessed in recent months and discuss reforms in key areas as well as steps the U.S. can take to reinforce the progress, said U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

He said Clinton will also consult with "a broad and diverse group" of civil society and ethnic minority leaders to have their perspectives on developments in the country.

U.S. President Obama had said his country wanted to seize the historic opportunity for progress and could forge a new relationship with Myanmar.

Encouraged by some of the steps Myanmar has taken -- the release of 6,359 prisoners on Oct. 12 including over 200 prisoners of conscience, the amendment of the party registration law and granting of more press freedom, Clinton called on Myanmar to do more for political reform and seek ways to resolve ethnic conflicts.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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